We’ve put together some inside tips on being a Class Rep.
The SRC and sparqs have worked together to produce the Introductory Training to guide new Class Reps on what kind of tasks you might be set, roles you will be asked to play and how best to go about it.
The first part of training takes the form of a self-study Moodle, which you can return to at any point during the year to refresh your memory. The Moodle also contains some downloadable resources which should help you take the first steps in your new representative role.
The second part of the training is a Zoom seminar hosted by one of the SRC’s experienced Class Rep Trainers, all of whom have been class reps themselves and so have a wealth of valuable experience to share. During the training you will meet other class reps and get a chance to discuss common issues and ask questions about any aspect of the self-study moodle or the class rep role itself.
You need to complete the training for your term as a representative to be recorded on your Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR). But we don’t expect you to do the training every year – if you’ve done it already in the last four years, you don’t need to do it again.
Student Representation Toolkit
The Toolkit was a new resource introduced in 2019-20, which you can access via MyClassReps or directly at Student Representation Toolkit. In one handy place you will find:
- Key Dates and Contacts
- Guidance on different aspects of the class rep role, including gathering student opinion, how to raise issues, and the Staff-Student Liaison Committee.
- Relevant University policies
- Additional sources of information and optional further reading
The SRC is very interested in feedback on the toolkit, and improving it for future years, so we’d encourage you to check it out. If you have any suggestions for other helpful content, let us know.
There is also a version of the Toolkit for University staff – Staff Toolkit.
- Senate Office website has a number of useful resources including a powerpoint presentation about the benefits of being a class rep.
- The Code of Practice on Student Representation can be found by clicking on the ‘Additional Information’ tab on the Senate Office website (link above). This details how the class rep system is supposed to be run, and is a useful reference if you (or any staff) are unsure.
- The University’s Course Evaluation Policy, including a sample Summary and Response document (these should be on the agenda at your SSLC meetings!)
- sparqs website
If you have any questions which are not answered on these pages (or by the training), you can email: GUSRC Workshops if your query is about the training, or GUSRC Representation if your query is about any other aspect of representation.